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Causes: Education, Health, Health Support, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: We inspire hope in women who were sexually abused as children or adolescents by hosting them at a retreat, where they are uplifted by each other and learn skills that can help them find individual healing. We educate parents and empower them to protect their children from sexual abuse while leading a public dialogue to bring the epidemic of abuse to light.

Results: 2015 Year – Services Results We are thrilled with what happened in 2015. In our first year of operation, we successfully implemented all three pillars of our mission: We hosted 103 women at The Haven Retreat. The first retreat was held in June 2015. We completed 155 sessions at our Outpatient Facility. The first session was held in August 2015. 12m individuals were reached through Social Media Channels. The first social post was May 2015. 450 individuals reached through our Education Sessions. The first session was October 2015.

Target demographics: Female survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We hosted 103 women at The Haven Retreat. The first retreat was held in June 2015. We completed 155 sessions at our Outpatient Facility. The first session was held August 2015. 12m individuals were reached through Social Media Channels. The first post was May 2015. 450 individuals reached through our Education Sessions. The first session was October 2015.

Geographic areas served: Childhood sexual abuse prevention, education, and healing.

Programs: We host a 4-day retreat with up to 30 survivors where attendees are uplifted by each other and learn skills that can help them find individual healing. We offer up to 17 educational classes, and other therapeutic activities to allow the survivors the learn what helps them individually. Through our education team we offer free presentations on awareness and prevention.

Community Stories

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Mindy19

Client Served

Rating: 5

This company has change my life!!!
In so so many ways.
The sky is bluer, the trees are greener, not just a blur.
Because i am a part of it, i am stronger and empowered!!!!
There are amazing men and women there that i adore and look up to.
Thankyou for letting me be a part of this amazin g company!!! That truly performs miracles on a daily basis!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having the opportunity to attend the Haven retreat was life changing. It was an incredible experience from begining to end. The staff is professional and caring and provide so much support to their attendees. This Foundation is a gift from God!!

2 Tisha L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Younique Foundation has allowed me to reclaim hope and strength through therapy and a societal disconnect. I would encourage anyone who has been through a similar trauma to attend.

2 Teresa93

Client Served

Rating: 5

Life changing!
I have learned so much about myself. My day is a better day because of this foundatio .

Brianna19

Client Served

Rating: 5

The words amazing, incredible, wonderful, fantastic, and life-changing don't seem to do my experience at The Younique Foundation's Haven retreat justice. I have never felt so valued, empowered, and validated in my life. I am definitely lifelong connections and friends while also finding a deeper healing than I've ever known. At the Haven retreat I learned about how my trauma has affected my brain and consequently my life. I was then given the tools and techniques I need to begin the healing process and continue that into my life when I got home. It was a life altering experience that I will FOREVER be grateful for and hold in a special place in my heart.

Brianna18

Donor

Rating: 5

The most amazing, healing program for uplifting sexually abused women and giving them tools for a strong, healthy future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What they are doing at the Younique foundation is amazing! The experience helped me and 15 other women realize that even though our experiences may differ some we still understood each other and we know we aren't alone. Our children need all of us and when you've suffered that type of trauma it literally alters your brain. You're reactions sometimes are over exaggerated and sometimes closed off. Its not because we choose to be that way but its because his our brain is literally altered.
They taught us how to handle our triggers and how to begin to get a grasp on our emotions when memories strike us from out of the blue. I highly recommend the haven retreat to ALL women who were sexually abused as children or teens. There is much healing in those mountains. By people who genuinely care.

Stephanie248

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best experience of my life. They did for me in four days what years of therapy couldn't. I have friends for life. A support system I never knew existed. Everything is well thought out to make us feel safe and secure and that we really matter. I would not hesitate to recommend them. The founders personally met with us and meet every group that attends the retreat. Our well being is extremely important to every staff member and it showed.

1

Client Served

Rating: 3

I've survived childhood molestation by 7 different individuals...
It's been my shameful secret from the the world... feeling like damaged goods althought I was but a little girl... So, often I feel trapped, frozen in time, still that scared little girl trying to figure things out... It's almost unspeakable that two of my molesters were my divorced patents... no safe place...
The Younique Foundation retreat was a safe place... Gordon and Jessica were amazing as gentle leaders... when I thought my heart would explode with anxiety and fear in revisiting those horrible memories... they were able to set me at ease with their professional yet compasionte manner... I have a ways to go... but, I believe the tetreat was a jump start... and I got an amazing sisterhood from that experience.
One of the stand out things that they did was teach us how our brains work...
Also... What an amazing sense of a safe place in the serene beauty of Utah! Thank you for acknowledging us!
For making me feel whole for my time there.
Forever grateful,
Indy Nieves

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that this charity provides a no cost getaway for survivors of childhood sexual assault to start learning to cope and deal with their issues. Not only do they get techniques they get makeovers and a photos hoot. What an amazing organization!

1 Tammy133

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Younique Foundation provided me with tools and safety to deal with trauma I experienced as a child. The staff is dedicated and sensitive to the people who they are helping! I can't say enough about this amazing group of people!!

1 Jenny98

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with the Younique Foundation was absolutely amazing. From the first intake call to the last moment's at the retreat, I felt as if I was surrounded by people who truly love what they do and want to help women begin the healing process. Everyone who works for the foundation is passionate about this cause and goes above and beyond to make the participants feel safe, comfortable, and loved. This was an extraordinary experience, and I feel blessed to have been chosen.

2 Tania7

Client Served

Rating: 5

The retreat helped me see that I can turn my Broken into Beautiful. That I was worth it and deserved more than what I was allowing myself to have in life. It taught me what a healthy sexual relationship should be and how to forgive those who have created all this emotion that I have been bottling up inside. It taught me that it was NOT fault! I was given many tools to use in the future when I am struggling. I feel honored and lucky to have been able to go to the Retreat. I realized I don't want to change my past anymore, I don't want to erase it but embrace it and continue to use it to make me the person I am suppose to be and then one day be able to help others realize the same for themselves. Life can be so good and peaceful once you free your mind and heart from the past hurts. I will now use it to help me heal and to see that I am a strong women to even have lived through it and I am going to come out on top because of what I have endured in life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing foundation. Amazing cause and top notch people running it! I truly wish I could tell the entire world how fabulous this foundation is and all that they do for women.

1 Darlene37

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this foundation because sexual abuse hits every family. It doesn't differentiate between race, gender, social status or religion. People are sick & they don't care who they hurt! I think it is awesome that this foundation helps women who were abused as a child or adolescent!! My kudos!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity of attending a retreat with The Younique Foindation. The support and help I have received because of the foundation has been incredible. I was able to connect with women who have become some of my best friends. The therapists are incredible. They are caring and attentive. The location of the retreat is serene and peaceful. It's the perfect place to start and continue a healing journey.

2 Amber92

Client Served

Rating: 5

On the first day we broke a bowl. Then we glued it back together. But not with clear glue, with gold added to it. The idea is not to hide the repairs but to embrace them and find beauty in them. (Just as we were doing with ourselves). Where the cracks are glued the bowl is stronger. This is called Kintsugi. On the last day as we sat in our final group activity with our bowls in front of us. We were told to pick a bag of beads. The other girls were picking and choosing what they liked best but I just randomly grabbed a bag not paying any attention to them. When I actually looked at them they were red and round and different sizes. Instantly I knew why these were meant for me. I just sat there trembling, willing myself the courage to share these little beads. These pieces of my heart. After most of the girls had went I began by explaining the color. I associate red with love. With my heart. And now I was going to be giving them each a piece of my heart. But first, I had to give myself the first bead. Because I need to love myself first. Because I am lovable. This was by far the hardest of the activities I did that week. Because I gave a piece of me. And now I am stronger. I have my sisters. I have found my tribe.

Cristen E.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Younique Foundation is an incredible safe haven for soo many women. They provide no-cost retreats for sexually abused women who fell victim to childhood abuse. Shelaine Maxfield is the most gentle soul and is the mastermind behind this extraordinary place! I encourage every woman to sign up for these retreats!! You deserve hope, peace, and healing.. and always remember, you are BEAUTIFUL! ♡

Donor

Rating: 5

This place truly empowers women!!!! I am so glad to be a part of it!!!! :)

1 Jaymee P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the foundation in November, as I boarded the plane I was praying for God to take me. I didn't want to live anymore. All the tools I used to get me through life suddenly worked no longer and before I knew it I was at the bottom of the deepest, darkest pit and I couldn't find my way out. From the time they pick you up to when you walk through the front doors, you are showered with love, you are honored and for once, it's all about YOU. They renewed my spirit and taught me things about myself that I didn't even know, they have me new tools that taught me to be aware of my responses to situations and have control over them. My marriage was saved, my family was repaired and my heart was healed. Above and beyond from the food to the accommodations, the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Kayla T.

Donor

Rating: 5

To watch this foundation grow and the amount of people they brave help in such a short time is amazing!

Rachel178

Donor

Rating: 5

It's a much needed experience for many who live in silence. I hope to attend myself one day, but I haven't actually signed up yet. I just keep following their great works. This is such a blessing to many.

Tracy112

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was a place of clarity, a place of peace, a place of insight, a place of healing. The Younique Foundation is a step toward healing for women who are often thrown to the side as damaged. The foundation gives hope, validation and meaning back to survivors of sexual child abuse.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Younique Foundation has been such a blessing to so many women in providing hope and help to uplift their spirits in the face of such traumatic experiences. It has been about empowerment and insipiring others to jump in, band together, and help each other out and I am so fortunate to be a small part of aiding in the cause for this underrepresented group of people.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the greatest charities I've ever had the privilege to be involved with. The whole focus of the staff is on the mission to help female childhood sexual abuse survivors heal. They live their mission and make it so you can't help but talk to others about The Younique Foundation. I get to volunteer to teach a class at their retreats and honestly, it is the best part of my month.